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I was sent a cookbook to review on the blog recently that I’m really excited about. I get a lot of e-mails from cooks who are either new to baking or have been baking for a while but are confused about some of the basics. Most want to know what great basic baking cookbook I recommend. Usually I send them back a list of about 4 or 5 different books that I think will help them out. But each time I’d think, “Why can’t there just be ONE book that covers all the basics in terms that even the newest baker in the world could understand.”
When I heard about Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro, I hoped it’d be the cookbook so many are looking for. After receiving it in the mail, I know it is.
This would be the IDEAL cookbook for anyone (I’ve been cooking and baking for more years than I care to count but I’m loving this cookbook.) but I have to say, it’s BEYOND ideal for those who are fairly new to the kitchen. It’d be perfect to throw into a bag of goodies for a new bride & groom – maybe along with some great tools of the trade. They’d think of you each time they used one of the cookbook’s many wonderful recipes or double-checked the pages for baking tips and advice.
The only thing is, you’ll want to be sure to grab a copy for yourself. Trust me, the first time they tell you how they loved the Black and White Cheesecake, Caramel Sticky Buns, Calzones, Homemade Pizza, or Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, you’ll want to be able to say, “Me too!” You WILL NOT want to stand there turning 26 shades of green.
Cookbook Description from Amazon:
With the demise of home economics in the school system, many adults have no baking experience at all, relying on dreary store-bought baked goods and artificial mixes to satisfy their cravings. Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro allows even absolute novices to prepare a wide array of delicious, healthy breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and more. In a warm, reassuring manner, Pat Sinclair leads beginning bakers step-by-step through each recipe, thoroughly explaining each technique and direction. After learning a basic technique, additional recipes provide further practice and more elaborate results. This second edition contains more than 100 recipes, from old favorites like icebox cookies, cornbread, and brownies to updated classics, including Butterscotch Cashew Blondies, Chai Latte Custards, and Savory Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding. Throughout, explanations and precise tips, based on Sinclair’s years of baking experience, make readers feel as though there is a friendly teacher in the kitchen, peering over their shoulders, and guiding them toward perfect results, every time.
A few other recipes included in Baking Basics and Beyond:
- Ice Box Cookies
- New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Sauce
- Peach Shortcake
- Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake (You should see the picture!)
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Buttercream Frosting
- Pistachio Biscotti
- Mississippi Mud Cake
- Carrot Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
- Spicy Applesauce Cake
- Strawberry Sauce (for cake or sundaes you’ll never forget)
- Chocolate Amaretto Pound Cake
- Vanilla Whipped Cream
- Banana Cream Pie
- And MANY more equally beautiful and delicious recipes!
Tips & Advice Included:
- How to properly dissolve yeast
- How to whip cream
- Tips for successful baking
- How to make a soft meringue
- Primer on baking equipment
- Primer on ingredients
My husband could, literally, take this cookbook into the kitchen and bake something remarkable. My fingers are crossed that he never does, though. It’d take 2 weeks to clean up the mess.
I hope you’ll click through and take a closer look at Baking Basics and Beyond: Learn These Simple Techniques and Bake Like a Pro. Believe me, this is one you’ll want to order right away.